New TzK Editions: Sterling Ruby and Birgit Megerle

Sterling Ruby - Sunrise - 2019

Sterling Ruby - Sunrise - 2019American-Dutch artist Sterling Ruby (b. 1972) won’t commit to a single medium. In a large industrial studio in Vernon, California, he and his team produce paintings, sculptures, garments, ceramics, videos, and many other projects. Ruby has amassed a collection of found images and motifs, which are assembled, layered, and sometimes manipulated with computer-generated filters into photomontages. This combined photographic-collage approach, which Ruby has been developingsince 2005, was first exhibited in “New Photography” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2009.

The digital collage entitled “SUNRISE” originates in this same archive of material. A spiderweb’s structure, visible thanks to pearls of morning dew, clings to dying roses whose perspective has been distorted, appearing like leafless trees in the landscape. A fuzzy black and white screen appears in the foreground, covered in a frenzy of crawling ants. A closer look reveals a lush meadow with flowers, where blades of grass subtly spell “SUNRISE”.The composition evokes associations with Baroque still lifes and even nostalgically recalls record covers from 1980s new wave and goth bands. The print touches on concerns elaborated in Ruby’s “DEATH CULT” series, which merged various obsessions around the conjunction of craft and cosmos with similar abstracted text overlays, and also relates to his “DRFTRS” collages, in which he uses his taxonomy of images to create new, hybridized landscapes.

Medium: Digital print
Size: 27.9 × 30.5 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 AP
Signed and numbered verso
Price: € 410

Birgit Megerle - Untitled - 2019

Birgit Megerle - Untitled - 2019The musical film „Les Demoiselles de Rochefort“ (1967) is a frolicky tour de force by Jacques Demy, in which real-life siblings Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac star as twin sisters, accompanied by an all-star cast including Gene Kelly and Michel Piccoli. Demy’s romp is a kind of genre mash-up: part homage to the American musicals of yore, part self-reflexive Nouvelle Vague flick. The film’s co-star, Dorléac, along with the flamboyant pastel palette of the costumes and domestic scenery that Demy brings to life, serve as source material for a striking lithograph by the German artist Birgit Megerle: someone who has done much in her career to reimagine the language of portraiture, specifically of female subjects.

In this three-color lithograph – her first ever work in this medium – Megerle focuses on a single image from the movie, in which Dorléac’s character turns away from an upright piano to face the camera. For all of the vibrancy and beauty of this ’60s film star, here Megerle, as she often does, steals something of her vitality, wresting it from a potential moment of simple identification or straightforward attraction. Dorléac remains firmly imbedded in the domain of the print, the world of two dimensions. Megerle’s lithograph manages nonetheless to preserve a glimmer, however distant, of the original scene, and in so doing, extracts the mere semblance of beauty from its source. The resulting distance is historical and psychological – elegantly measuring the space between our world and that of the actress.

Medium: 3-color lithograph on 250 g vellum paperboard
Size: 36 × 44 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 AP + 1 PP
Signed and numbered verso
Price: € 480

These limited edition prints are available at Texte zur Kunst

 

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